Charlie Sheen credits his children for inspiring him to get sober: 'I have a game plan'
Charlie Sheen has had a long battle with alcohol and drug addiction but the actor finally took charge and decided to enter into rehab. Appearing on 'Loose Women', the 'Two And A Half Men' actor reflected on his struggles. Charlie revealed that he had now graduated from rehab and was looking forward to living a healthier life.
He added that watching himself being unable to take care of his daughter, Lola Rose Sheen, motivated him to get his life sorted. He stated that he would often feel "possessed by a demon" whenever he felt an urge to drink. The actor even looked at some of his clips where he had a public meltdown and admitted that it wasn't a nice scene to look at. "It feels awful. I can't sit there and lie to you. Some of it is very surreal," he said during the interview, as reported by Daily Mail.
Charlie confessed he was unaware of how he hit rock bottom. "To this day, I am not sure how I created such chaos and wound up in that headspace. It's as though there was some alien or demonic possession going on," he said. The actor was even a piece of sensational news for media outlets throughout his battle with addiction. In one of his interviews, he even confessed he was on drugs and it was called Charlie Sheen. "I am on a drug. It's called Charlie Sheen. It is not available because if you try it once you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body," he said at the time.
The 'Anger Management' actor stated that the only reason he was alive was that he had "tiger blood" running through his veins. Talking about his recovery, Charlie said that one has to own up to the mistakes they have committed in the past. "You get tired of apologizing for things that you can't remember doing. The amends can't just be words, they have to be actions. It's hard but not impossible," he said.
Charlie has been sober for 16 months and after admitting himself into rehab, he announced during the interview that he had graduated from the programme. "I said to the [therapist], 'Is there an end point here?'... and there isn't. It's an on-going thing. You make the amends when it is appropriate, it's not about making them on your terms, it's about approaching others on theirs," he said. The actor also revealed the moment when he knew that his life had to be turned around.
"I couldn't get my daughter to an appointment that she had. I don't drink and drive ever, I have never had a DUI [Driving Under the Influence]," he said. "I was like, 'Wow, I am not even responsible enough to be available for my children's needs.' The next morning I woke up and was like, 'Today is the day'." Charlie also added that he knew he wouldn't relapse. "I don't think there is anything left for me. There is no disaster left to engage," he said. "I have a game plan and I stick to it. There is nothing left in that world, I exhausted it completely. The only thing left would be something catastrophic."
Charlie revealed that in order to make sure that he doesn't slip back into his old habits he avoids inviting people home or attending events that might trigger his addiction. In 2015, the actor admitted that he was HIV positive. He revealed that he spoke to his children before admitting it on camera about his diagnosis. "I let all my kids know before I went on television with it and everybody has been very supportive of it," he said. My oldest daughter, Cassandra, she is the one that took it the hardest but I reassured her with the medicinal technology and the progress that has been made that dad is going to be fine."